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March 29, 2014 11:45:52 AM

Hi, I am looking to build the following:

Lian-LI PC-32B Case (bought)
Asus Maximus iV Hero
Intel 4770K
Samsung 850 EVO 240GB (bought)
Corsair GS700 PSU (bought)
Radeon R9 270 X Edition (bought)

For cooling I was either going with a Noctua NH-D14, but will that cause issues with RAM, will I need low profile RAM? Any suggestions for 16GB please.
My other option was the Corsair H80i.

I may OC to about 4.0 - 4.2ghz using the Hero's in built OC software, but as the PC will be used for photography manipulation and filming I dont know yet.

Any advice gratefully recieved

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March 29, 2014 11:57:16 AM

sambat2000 said:
Hi, I am looking to build the following:

Lian-LI PC-32B Case (bought)
Asus Maximus iV Hero
Intel 4770K
Samsung 850 EVO 240GB (bought)
Corsair GS700 PSU (bought)
Radeon R9 270 X Edition (bought)

For cooling I was either going with a Noctua NH-D14, but will that cause issues with RAM, will I need low profile RAM? Any suggestions for 16GB please.
My other option was the Corsair H80i.

I may OC to about 4.0 - 4.2ghz using the Hero's in built OC software, but as the PC will be used for photography manipulation and filming I dont know yet.

Any advice gratefully recieved


Hey dude, congrats on the build. Just my thoughts, I would recommend a Corsair H75 for the cooler...which will preclude you from any clearance issues with memory. Additionally, it will dump the CPU's heat outside the case. Also, I wouldnt go for the Corsair GS line of PSU...preferably their HX or AX series if possible. GL Friend!
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March 29, 2014 12:56:53 PM

toddybody said:
sambat2000 said:
Hi, I am looking to build the following:

Lian-LI PC-32B Case (bought)
Asus Maximus iV Hero
Intel 4770K
Samsung 850 EVO 240GB (bought)
Corsair GS700 PSU (bought)
Radeon R9 270 X Edition (bought)

For cooling I was either going with a Noctua NH-D14, but will that cause issues with RAM, will I need low profile RAM? Any suggestions for 16GB please.
My other option was the Corsair H80i.

I may OC to about 4.0 - 4.2ghz using the Hero's in built OC software, but as the PC will be used for photography manipulation and filming I dont know yet.

Any advice gratefully recieved


Hey dude, congrats on the build. Just my thoughts, I would recommend a Corsair H75 for the cooler...which will preclude you from any clearance issues with memory. Additionally, it will dump the CPU's heat outside the case. Also, I wouldnt go for the Corsair GS line of PSU...preferably their HX or AX series if possible. GL Friend!


I already have the GS700 PSU so I will have to stick with that.
Any ideas on 16gb of RAM. I keep thinking I have the final answer then I go and read another review and end up at square one again.
The Corsair coolers look a good bet, but like everything a few more £'s here and there soon add up.
I cant find anything on the web that compares the H75 and the H80, both individually get good reviews.

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March 29, 2014 1:07:45 PM

With the Hero, the best sticks I've found are the Gskill Trident X, would look at the 1866/8 or 2133/9 sets in the amount you want, for a little less money would be the GSkill Sniper sticks in same 1866 or 2133....also for a cooler, could look at the Hyper 212 EVO (about $30-35), great cooler, used one on my Hero while waiting for the release of the GTS V8, the EVO cooler works very well through 4.4 24/7 at 4.5 and up starts getting warmer than I like, also it has adjustable fan height so no model of DRAM is a problem
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March 29, 2014 2:20:45 PM

sambat2000 said:
toddybody said:
sambat2000 said:
Hi, I am looking to build the following:

Lian-LI PC-32B Case (bought)
Asus Maximus iV Hero
Intel 4770K
Samsung 850 EVO 240GB (bought)
Corsair GS700 PSU (bought)
Radeon R9 270 X Edition (bought)

For cooling I was either going with a Noctua NH-D14, but will that cause issues with RAM, will I need low profile RAM? Any suggestions for 16GB please.
My other option was the Corsair H80i.

I may OC to about 4.0 - 4.2ghz using the Hero's in built OC software, but as the PC will be used for photography manipulation and filming I dont know yet.

Any advice gratefully recieved


Hey dude, congrats on the build. Just my thoughts, I would recommend a Corsair H75 for the cooler...which will preclude you from any clearance issues with memory. Additionally, it will dump the CPU's heat outside the case. Also, I wouldnt go for the Corsair GS line of PSU...preferably their HX or AX series if possible. GL Friend!


I already have the GS700 PSU so I will have to stick with that.
Any ideas on 16gb of RAM. I keep thinking I have the final answer then I go and read another review and end up at square one again.
The Corsair coolers look a good bet, but like everything a few more £'s here and there soon add up.
I cant find anything on the web that compares the H75 and the H80, both individually get good reviews.



Oops, glanced over the (bought) comment for PSU...the GS is still great, so forget my earlier quibble:) 

For memory, I like to go with sticks that have TONS of customer reviews for them. I settled on the Corsair Vengeance, but there are many great sticks by: Corsair, Gskill, Crucial...etc. I'd buy based upon price and # of high reviews. I wouldn't recommend spending extra money on 1866+ RAM. Diminishing returns kick in after 1600Mhz.
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March 30, 2014 7:52:22 AM

Tradesman1 said:
With the Hero, the best sticks I've found are the Gskill Trident X, would look at the 1866/8 or 2133/9 sets in the amount you want, for a little less money would be the GSkill Sniper sticks in same 1866 or 2133....also for a cooler, could look at the Hyper 212 EVO (about $30-35), great cooler, used one on my Hero while waiting for the release of the GTS V8, the EVO cooler works very well through 4.4 24/7 at 4.5 and up starts getting warmer than I like, also it has adjustable fan height so no model of DRAM is a problem


Hi thanks for the info, the GSkills in the UK are 19200 for some reason..I will definitely consider those.
Is it right that the Hero automatically configures the memory for you?

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March 30, 2014 8:07:11 AM

Initially it goes to the mobos default as do all mobos, you simply go into BIOS and enable XMP and it set's them up for you ;) 
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March 30, 2014 12:44:05 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Initially it goes to the mobos default as do all mobos, you simply go into BIOS and enable XMP and it set's them up for you ;) 


have you any views on this ram that I just found at a good price?

Kingston Technology XMP Beast Series 16GB 2400MHz DDR3 CL11, as opposed to the GSkills Trident X, or Corsair Vengence?

I am probably goung to go with the 80i cooler even though I have this nasty thought about liquid coolers in a pc.

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March 30, 2014 3:02:22 PM

Well, I'm not a fan of Kingston, used to used them alot a few years back, but no longer, seem to run ICs that barely meet the freqs they run them at (good example all the 1600 sticks that still require 1.65, when about 90% of all 1600 sticks run at 1.5 or less (even high performance CL 7 andd 8 1600 sticks), I prefer strong sticks w/ OC headroom. On the H80i, you'd get better cooling with the 212 EVO and have monney leftover that could go into something else
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March 31, 2014 10:22:16 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Well, I'm not a fan of Kingston, used to used them alot a few years back, but no longer, seem to run ICs that barely meet the freqs they run them at (good example all the 1600 sticks that still require 1.65, when about 90% of all 1600 sticks run at 1.5 or less (even high performance CL 7 andd 8 1600 sticks), I prefer strong sticks w/ OC headroom. On the H80i, you'd get better cooling with the 212 EVO and have monney leftover that could go into something else


Looks like its going to be the GSkill Ripjaw X. Will I gain much buying the 2133 1.6v over the 1866 1.5v version?
Both are XMP.
The difference here is £3 ($5). Or is it worth paying another £15 ($25) for the Tridents?

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March 31, 2014 3:51:55 PM

When you say 2133 1.6, that sounds like their CL10 set? Blue heatsinks? If so or it's a CL11 set the price difference would be seen in the CL, the Trident X run 2133 at the tighter CL9, so think it would depend on the budget, if the Tri's fit in the budget I'd go that way, if not the the RJ X, should be happy with either, the Trident X have more OC headroom if you ever decide to want to run them faster. The 2133 over 1866 will be a couple/3 FPS in gaming, but the wider bandwidth would show more in memory intensive tasks
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April 1, 2014 1:33:58 AM

Ok ordered the G.Skill 16GB DDR3 2400MHz TridentX Memory as it was a fair bit cheaper when I checked today. memory prices seem to change with the wind at the moment, and UK prices are so much higher that the US.
All parts on order now. Will come back and let you know how it goes.

Now its Win 7 or Win 8, each has their + and - 's.

Thanks for your advice and help.
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April 1, 2014 8:05:23 AM

Will be lookng for you ;) 
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